Creative writing prize: The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition


15 February 2021
The deadline for the £10,000 prize has been extended until 14 May 2021

The winner of the competition for completed manuscripts by unpublished, unagented children's writers will receive a publishing contract with an advance of £10,000 and the offer of representation by a literary agent.

This year there is an additional prize, the IET 150 Award, sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, for the best book for children or young adults that explores or celebrates science, technology, engineering or maths. The winner will receive a publishing contract with a £10,000 advance, and an offer of representation.

To enter completed, full-length fiction manuscripts (30,000 to 80,000 words) for readers aged between seven and YA. Writers from BAME and other under-represented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to enter.

There is an entry fee of £18.

The closing date is 14 May.

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